The Night Chancers

Baxter Dury - The Night Chancers
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2020 Ratings: #61 / 754
User Score
Based on 374 ratings
2020 Ratings: #168
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit

The Night Chancers is Dury’s most accomplished work, its self awareness and innate understanding of genre and language shows the songwriter to be in the prime of his creativity.

90
musicOMH

Of course this is a great record. Of course this is essential listening. At this point in his career he’s still getting better, and that’s a scary proposition.

90
Uncut
Dury seems to have found a tone and groove that he's both relishing and flourishing in.
85
Under The Radar

While Dury may be referencing specific targets for his words, there’s a level of ambiguity that makes each and every one of The Night Chancers relative by association to the listener.

80
The Arts Desk

Dury has always been a distinctive voice, but here he seems to have found a new clarity, not just in the timbre of his tone, but also in the world he draws with it.

80
Gigwise

Alongside its pleasing soundtrack of French pop, electronica and disco, Baxter Dury has settled on a unique formula that works.

80
Loud and Quiet

Dury is a bit of a wordsmith, but in a way that doesn’t alienate anyone. It’s matter-of-fact, anti-intellectual even. Above anything else, Dury shows us that a little bit of melody and a lot of honesty can go a long way.

80
DIY

A master of eulogising the grubby underbelly, Baxter’s is the kind of voice that’s utterly out of step with the modern, fearful, social media-courting world, and all the better for it.

80
AllMusic

It seems safe to say that records as good as this prove that Baxter has arrived with a voice and sound of his own.

80
The Guardian

Shunning big hooks and choruses, the indie raconteur turns his hand to immaculate character studies of life’s losers.

80
NME

With a voice that embodies moderately priced red wine and late, late nights, Dury is one of the most distinctive figures in contemporary British oddball-pop.

80
The Telegraph

A set of seductive, atmospheric late-night grooves on which Dury conjures sinister vignettes of insomniac dwellers of the wee small hours.

80
Record Collector

Though filmic in its scope, these 10 vignettes are economically plotted (the album is just 30 minutes long), with a through-line that takes you just far enough before leaving you to your own conclusions about these characters’ motives.

80
Q Magazine
Six albums in, Baxter Dury has realised a sound and lyrical approach that is unmistakably his alone.
80
Mojo

This sixth solo outing explores further that album's [Prince of Tears] blend of mechanical funk and luxuriant orchestration of female-sung choruses and character monologues.

70
The Sydney Morning Herald
On his sixth album, he has rubbery, loping bass lines driving the sound, with stringy synths and Euro-pop oscillations providing counterpoint.
Inglume
NR
Current AOTY Frontrunner.

Almost 18 years ago, Baxter Dury emerged as one of the oddest, promising acts in the British indie rock scene. An enigmatic musician, he spent much of his career, album after album, piecing together a sound that was truly his own. In 2020, reaching the pinnacle of his artistic ingenuity, Dury cements his place with not only his finest, most formidable, fully recognized work, but musically, it's a glamorous celebration/culmination of all his notable accomplishments as ... read more
Doublez
78
With wisdom and experience, Baxter Dury has not only delivered an album as successful as Happy Soup, he has perfected himself, pushing his limits, offering a very hot and endearing The Night Chancers!

I'm not a big fan of Baxter Dury, and I must admit that the first listening of this album was relatively disappointing and banal. However, by giving it additional chances, I was trapped to my great surprise. This is often the case with Baxter and this is one of the strengths of this artist, at ... read more
WhatTheFunk
62
A new gem from French's favourite English dandy, "The Night Chancer" offers an amazing walk between gutter funk and shallow indie pop.

His humour, his way of not singing while singing, his sibylline poetry, his natural indolence which borders on casualness without falling into the pretencious "laissez-faire, I don't care" approach, make Baxter Dury an unavoidable Indie pop figure (especially in France). A sort of David Bowie of the suburbs wearing a wrinkled suit. The guy ... read more
Plats
85
"The Night Chasers" is an undeniably well-produced and sharply-written album. I love the slick grooves on this thing and I especially love the bass. It's acceptably short and while there are maybe a couple of tracks that could've had a bit more time on the drawing board, Dury still kept me engaged with his stories and alluring compositions.

Fav Tracks: Saliva Hog; I'm Not Your Dog; Carla's Got a Boyfriend; Slumlord; Hello, I'm Sorry; Say Nothing

Least Fav Track: Sleep ... read more
Supertartory
85
So I'm currently waiting for DOOM Eternal to unpack on Steam, so I thought I would go and check out the new releases of today, and this one caught my eye as, as of writing this this has a user score of 93, which is pretty damn high! So I just had to go see, then I saw Kengoji praising it so, yeah we're listening to this now. First listen? Loved it. Second listen? Liked it. Let's tear it apart.

So I haven't listened to a Baxter Dury album before, in fact I hadn't really heard of him until ... read more
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Track List

  1. I'm Not Your Dog
  2. Slumlord
  3. Saliva Hog
  4. Samurai
  5. Sleep People
  6. Carla's Got a Boyfriend
  7. The Night Chancers
  8. Hello, I'm Sorry
  9. Daylight
  10. Say Nothing
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Added on: November 19, 2019